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To the Editor: Approximately one year ago, Minnesota concluded the longest and costliest state government shutdown in its history. The cost to taxpayers for our elected leaders' failure to compromise was hefty. Core services were interrupted, state parks were shuttered and already-overdue road projects were delayed once more. In fact, we're still paying the price for last summer's impasse. I recently received a flyer highlighting state Sen. John Howe's legislative record. The piece raised several concerns regarding its accuracy and legality.
To the Editor: Former State Sen. Steve Murphy of Red Wing submitted a letter to the editor titled "Lawmakers get your work done" (R-E, July 25). In it he criticized Sen. John Howe in calling for an impact statement on silica sand mining during special session. He also pointed out that "Howe has had two regular legislative sessions to stop the pillaging of our natural resources and has done nothing of note." As Murphy knows, there are a total of 67 state senators who missed this opportunity to bring an impact statement on silica sand mining during regular sessions.
To the Editor: Five years ago, a newcomer came to Red Wing and made his first appearance at the River City Days parade. He was immediately and warmly welcomed into our community. Since then, he's been seen in classrooms, meetings, and even in the movies. Did I mention he is an environmental superhero? You guessed it, he's Rubin the Blue Bin and you can see him at the River City Days parade again this year on Aug. 5. He'll be spreading his important recycling message to the young and old alike.
To the Editor: I read county Commissioner Ted Seifert's recent letter (R-E, July 28) regarding silica sand mining in Goodhue County with interest. Seifert doesn't seem to understand the people he has been elected to represent. We want an ordinance banning silica sand mining. We take seriously the threat this mining can bring to our health, our property values and the local environment which is a treasure. No ordinance can "assure clean water and air, as well as provide for the continuation of our local agriculture and tourism industries" as Seifert wants us to believe.
To the Editor: The mining study committee report has taken all sand mines, including potential frac sand mines, and lumped them all together under the title of "mineral extraction facilities." In other words, sand is sand. If sand is sand, why does the state of Minnesota call frac sand a hazardous substance? Why does the International Agency for Research on Cancer call frac sand a cancer-causing substance? Because crystalline silica, or frac sand, is sharp and small enough to be breathed deep into our lungs, settle in and never dissolve or leave.
To the Editor: The public hearing of the Planning Advisory Commission meeting, June 18 revealed to me a part of Red Wing that makes me feel fortunate to live in this town. Citizens of Goodhue County made comments relating to the proposed revised version of Article 14 of the Zoning Ordinance regarding mineral extraction. The degree of intelligent, informed statements was inspiring, to say the least. More than 30 people spoke about the values they hold as they described the quality of life they seek in this community and wish to preserve.
To the Editor: I want to thank everyone who has contacted me to express their opinion on silica sand mining. Many of you have offered very sound suggestions as to how the county should respond to the mining industry. Others have expressed their fear of potential disaster if frac mining is allowed at all or if permitted; it is tightly controlled and regulated. It would be inappropriate for a commissioner who is not a member of the mining subcommittee or the Planning Advisory Commission to take a public position prior to those bodies completing their recommendations for the County Board.
To the Editor: Every day or two for more than 30 years I have walked with my dogs or bicycled on Memorial Park. As you approach the loop that winds around the top of the park, you pass the entrance into the first landing where a small segment of the bluff rises up and offers a glorious view of the valley below, the tiny houses of the East End, Highway 61 and beyond it beautiful Barn Bluff, the garbage-fired Xcel Energy plant, the Mississippi River and the bluffs and rolling hills of Wisconsin.
To the Editor: Congratulations are due to every Minnesotan as we are again thrown into the stadium-building business. What it really means is a taxpayer funded, temporary government make-work project to keep union labor off lawmakers' backs. It was passed off as being paid for by gaming, which is also known as a poor man's tax, and sold to the taxpayer as a good investment by one of our local representatives. Why government is involving taxpayers in a private business -- especially for a billion-plus-dollar-a-year industry.
To the Editor: Some members of Congress have declared war on the Clean Air Act, one of our country's most important laws protecting the air we breathe. Despite 40 years of the law's success, these lawmakers say we can no longer afford the act's protections. What they don't mention is that the act has saved thousands of lives by cleaning up dirty air and has held polluters accountable, creating benefits valued at $22.2 trillion -- 42 times the estimated costs of its regulations. Updated Clean Air Act standards will help spur innovation and create jobs. Following an order of the U.S.